Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN
18-20 September 2014
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is a World Heritage City, pilgrimage destination, cultural capital and example of historical, urban and environmental regeneration, which attracts thousands of visitors due to its singularity.
Santiago, the capital of Galicia, is also a centre of institutional services, with a privileged location on the Atlantic Axis. The city also has a deep-rooted university tradition, which supplies innovative business initiatives with technological and scientific resources.
Parador Hostal Reyes Católicos
Combining history, art and tradition, the goal of pilgrims and the emblem of St. James, the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, in the Plaza do Obradoiro, forms together with the cathedral one of the world’s most remarkable, and most visited, urban settings.
Since 1954 it has housed the Parador Nacional de Turismo “Hostal dos Reis Católicos”. The Catholic Monarchs ordered the construction of this pilgrims’ hospital, built by Enrique Egas, in 1501. The design was composed of a Latin-cross ogival chapel with the vault supported by pilasters decorated with the apostles in the blazing style, and on whose sides two courtyards opened out flanked by the quarters for men and women. They are both substituted by the Renaissance courtyards of Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón. The head space was occupied in the 18th century with two new courtyards, forming the present ground plan of Greek cross with four courtyards. The Plateresque facade (1519, French masters Guillén Colás and Martín Bas) is conceived as a stone altarpiece with an iconological message which is explained by the objective of providing clean, healthy lodgings for pilgrims.
In 1678, Fray Tomás Alonso refurbished the Renaissance facade by adding a large balcony resting on large profusely-decorated corbels and three new windows. The chapel was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1912 and the whole building was declared one in 1931.
Travel and Accomodation
Santiago de Compostela Airport offers direct connections to several European capitals as well as frequent flights to Madrid and Barcelona. Delegates might consider low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Easy Jet, Air Berlin or Vueling for more economic travel options.
Santiago de Compostela airport (SCQ) is at 15 km from the town and even less from the conference venue. The airport is connected to the town centre by a bus line. Taxi is recommended (fares around 20 €).
Delegates can also fly to A Coruña Airport (LCG, 70 km from Santiago) or Vigo Airport (VGO, 90 km from Santiago) which can be suitable in some cases. Train and car rental are recommended to reach Santiago de Compostela.
Porto Airport (OPO) in Portugal, at 200 km, can be also an excellent alternative for direct connecting options.
The organising committee strongly suggests booking accommodation in the recommended hotels (registration section) with special rates for the Conference.
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